Tony Martin was a contemporary of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, and he appeared in dozens of motion pictures during Hollywood’s studio era. He also wed Alice Faye, and the crooner had a lasting partnership with Cyd Charisse. Martin was also popular during radio’s heyday.
After being cast in a bit part in an Astaire-and-Rogers vehicle, Follow That Fleet, Martin was signed by 20th Century Fox in 1936. MGM later bought out his contract. His cinematic career includes Pigskin Parade; Ali Baba Goes to Town; Ziegfeld Girl; Sally, Irene and Mary; and he was particularly memorable in The Big Store with the Marx Brothers; and in Til the Clouds Roll By. TONY MARTIN
For a number of years, Tony Martin recorded with Decca Records, and he had hits such as South of the Border, Fools Rush In, Begin the Beguine, and To Each His Own. After leaving the label, he signed with Mercury Records, and later RCA Victor. His songs continued to sell, including his versions of It’s Magic, La Vie en Rose, I Apologize, and Stranger in Paradise. During World War II, he was assigned to Capt. Glenn Miller’s band as a corporal in the United States Air Force.
He was a featured vocalist on the George Burns and Gracie Allen radio program. The Tony Martin Show, a 15-minute television variety program, aired on NBC from 1954 to 1956 prior to the evening newscast.
The tall baritone worked with Judy Garland, The Ritz Brothers, Eddie Cantor, James Stewart, Lana Turner, Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, and Esther Williams. His marriage to Cyd Charisse lasted sixty years, until her death in 2008. Tony was into his 90s when he retired from nightclub performances.
Tony Martin was 98.
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